After a longer wait than expected, the Braves finally got what we have been wanting since the spring ended. Ronald Acuña, the MLB’s #1 prospect, has been called up.
Acuña caught the eyes of everyone down at spring training where he was the Braves top hitter(min 25 ABs). He hit .432 with 4 HR and 11 RBI. However, he got off to a rough start in AAA where his average was well below the Mendoza line(.200). He caught fire about a week ago and hasn’t slowed down a bit. He ended up getting a hit in 8 out of his last 10 AAA games, going 6-15.
His delayed call up came as a surprise to some even when he was struggling in AAA. The Braves were going to wait at least 2 weeks to call him to gain an extra year of control but that turned into almost 4 weeks. If Preston Tucker weren’t swinging such a hot bat for the first couple of weeks, then Acuña probably would have been called up ASAP, regardless of his struggles.
Still, Tucker was playing extremely well this season and provided timely homeruns and hits. Tucker has cooled off the last couple games, but he provided an unknown yet needed bridge for Acuña to get hot in AAA. Acuña now will likely be the everyday left fielder, as no one on this roster can duplicate Acuña’s 5 tool skill set, with Tucker serving as the 4th outfielder.
If Acuña can make an immediate impact and be a spark plug for the team and fan base, the Braves just might make some noise in the NL East